ESTUARIUM Mural – new design

Design_FinalThe draft design is done. It is mostly an underwater scene of south puget sound sea life.  The picture here is just one section.  There will be sea stars, jellyfish, anenomies (like the ones in the picture, but they will be fatter.)

Today, the space was cleaned (power washed).  It will be primed in the next week or so in preparation for the marine and estuary creatures. We are excited to have sea creatures on the building!

Muralist Carrie Ziegler, will lay out the design and designate the colors to be used.  We are scheduled to paint, using community volunteers, the last weekend end of July.  If you want to be part of  the painting group, email center@sseacenter.org.   We will send you details – days and times when we know the exact dates.

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Tufted puffins Receive Endangered Species Designation

Tufted Puffins video from Seadoc.  Tufted puffins receive endangered species status in Washington State.

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Summer Speakers at the Estuarium

Starting June 20th, SSEA will be hosting a summer speakers series.  All presentations will be at the Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia and start at 1 pm.  Below is the list of upcoming presentations.  Please plan to join us for one or all.  We have such wonderful resource people in our community.  We are excited to provide an opportunity for people to learn more about these topics from the experts.

June 20, 2015-Dr. Dayv Lowry, Sharks! 1pm

July 25, 2015-Taylor Frierson, Bottomfish of Puget Sound 1 pm

Aug 11, 2015- Hannah Faulkner, Forage Fish 1 pm

August 22, 2015, Bruce Bolding, Beyond the estuary: Warmwater Fishes of Washington 1 pm

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“Meet the Beach” 2015 summer schedule starts June 6.

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The beach naturalists will be at Tolmie  and Burfoot on June 6st from 1 – 4 pm and at Burfoot on June 7 from 2 – 5 pm.  The weather will be beautiful.  Visit one of these beaches and look for the Beach Naturalists.

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October 11, 2015 Benefit Cruise – Registration OPEN

Registration is now open for the October 11, 2015, 1 – 5 pm Benefit Cruise.

Join SSEA”s benefit cruise, 4 hours on the water enjoying south Puget Sound, aboard the luxury yacht “My Girl”.

This year our route will take us to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge view the ares where the dikes were breached.

Our special guest and program presenter will be Glynnis Nakai. 

Marine education. Good Food. No host bar.

 

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TONIGHT 8pm Scott Cossu Benefit Concert

TONIGHT is the Scott Cossu Benefit Concert

JOIN US…Tickets still available!

Tickets: $20/$15 students/low income or at the door.

May 1, 2015, 8 pm

The “Keep the Kids Warm” benefit concert proceeds will pay for a heater in the currently unheated science lab/classroom space at the Estuarium.

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Scott Cossu, world renowned jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and recording artist.  His music is a unique blend of jazz, classical, and world music styles.  We are delighted that Scott  will perform a benefit concert for South Sound Estuary Association on:

May 1, 2015, 8:00 pm, 

Tradition’s Cafe,

      300 5th Ave. SW, Olympia, WA

imagesScott will be joined by Lonnie Mardis, guitarist. He resides in Seattle where he is in demand as a performer and composer. Recently he was selected to write for the NW Sinfonia Orchestra conducted by Grammy award winning David Sabee; the resulting ‘El Espirito de la Cancion’ is included on the album, ‘Celebrate World Music’, which won the Independent Music Award popular vote for best contemporary classical album and is available online at CD Baby.

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April 7th SSEA Annual Meeting – Please join us!

2015 Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition

April 7th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, Capitol Museum Coach House,

214 – 22nd Ave. SW, Olympia.

Speaker: Eric Erler, former Executive Director, Capit0l Land Trust, “Conserving the Richness of South Sound Estuaries”

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As Capitol Land Trust’s Executive Director, Eric has played a major role in land conservations efforts and knows how important estuary habitat is to the well-being of south Puget Sound. He is a thoughtful and entertaining presenter. You will enjoy hearing what he has to share with us.

 

Please put this event on your calendar and join us for a wonderful evening.

Food, Refreshments, Presentation by Eric, Volunteer Recognition, Honored Guests, Board Elections.

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March 19th 7 – 8:30 pm Discovery Speaker

pearson_scott“What is happening to Puget Sound’s marine birds?”   The answer to this question is complicated and depends on where and when you look and which species you examine.  To illustrate this point, Scott Pearson will compare how population trends between species that only spend the winter in the Puget Sound region with those that nest locally.  In addition, he will examine potential reasons for differences in population trends by exploring several species in more detail, including the marbled murrelet, tufted puffin, rhinoceros auklet and western grebe.

Scott Pearson, Ph.D. Senior Research Scientist, Wildlife Science Division, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

NOTE: Joe Everson, previously announced speaker, is unable to attend.

LOTT WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia.

DOORS open at 6:30.  Arrive early and enjoy the interactive displays.

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Beach Naturalists Needed

BeachNaturalistVolunteerBecome a Beach Naturalist!

Join our Beach Naturalist learning community for the 5th full summer of sharing knowledge on beach, arousing curiosity, and feeling connections to the critters and the amazing intertidal and nearshore habitats they live in.  Inspire to increase our own and the sound’s greater health and joy.

For more information and updates: See sseacenter.org/Beach Naturalist and/or email or call Wendy (360) 866-1554 or 208 859-6239, wendy@sseacenter.org 

Training:  

Classroom: 5 – Save these Thursday evenings, 6-9pm: April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 28.

On-the-Beach: Two weekend days,  Saturday, April 18 plus another to be determined between Saturday, May 9, 3-5 pm; Sunday, May 17, 11–1 pm; or May 30, 10-noon.
Field Trip: Squaxin Museum and Taylor Shellfish in planning.

Training Locations: 5046 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia (http://northolympiafire.com/); South Sound Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia; Burfoot County and Tolmie State Parks.

 Registration Fees and Book Pre-Order:

$50 for New Beach Naturalists (includes individual SSEA membership).

$40 for Returning Beach Naturalists (includes 2015 SSEA membership).

$5 for returning Beach Naturalists with a 2015 membership.

Optional – add $15 (special price) for our “textbook” Puget Sound’s Wildside.

  • Student/Low-income – call about possible discounts.

Next!

*Note – Until system update is complete, this form will download as a Word document.
Save As [please add Your Last and First Name in front of downloaded  name].  Fill out and Re-Save the document.
  • write across the top – 2015 BN registration– (fill in other interests, too – we will forward it on)
  • Include under phones Times to Call you – best _____, earliest __, latest __
  • To guarantee your spot for training, enclose a check and write close to top of application –  Enclosed Check For  $___.
  • Send in application (to PO Box 2182, Olympia, WA 98507 OR email Wendy and attach)
After Training Service: Five 3 hour shifts as Beach Naturalist or other SSEA opportunities including spring school groups on the beach. 

   We look forward to having you join us to      

            Explore • Connect • Inspire

THANK YOU!  See you April 16!

Wendy Eklund
Beach Naturalist, Program Manager

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March 6, 7 pm Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina

Pier Peer at Boston Harbor

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Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina is a nighttime underwater lighting event.  Held Friday night, March 6, 2015 7 pm.  For reservations, click on events/pier peer.

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